Category Archives: Legislative News

More youth deer hunting days voted down

On Wednesday, the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee unanimously opposed a bill that would have increased youth deer hunting days to 3. Action was postponed on a bill to allow a person to place supplemental minerals for deer from March 1st to July 31st if the supplemental minerals are placed on that person’s own […]

ATV Speed Bill Voted Down

On Monday the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife voted unanimously against a bill that would have limited ATV riders to 15 miles per hour within 50 feet of a stream, pond, or lake. Supporters of the bill argued that it would reduce erosion, while opponents claimed there was not enough law enforcement for this and […]

Rubber lure ban postponed for a year

Senator Paul Davis’s bill to require rubber lures to be biodegradable was postponed this morning by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, at the request of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, informed the committee that the department would like some time to work on this important […]

Legislature acts on crossbows, spring bear hunts, and more

The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee has acted on several interesting bills. A bill (LD 337) to allow a spring bear hunt went down to a quick and unanimous defeat. A bill (LD 27) to allow the use of crossbows in the bowhunting deer season was unanimously approved – after an extensive discussion during […]

Governor Mills honors me with proclamation

Governor Janet Mills and DIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso visited with me at my Mt Vernon home last week to talk about outdoor issues. My friends Ed Pineau and James Cote joined us, and Janet brought lunch for all of us. We spent a couple of hours visiting (including lots of laughter), and discussing our hopes […]

Issues from turkeys and moose to ATVs scheduled for hearings

Issues including turkeys, moose, deer, and bears, to landowner relations, ATVs, and invasive aquatic species will be heard on February 11 and 13 by the legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You can get the details of these bills on the legislature’s website. Here’s the hearing schedule. Monday, February 11, 9 am LD 275, […]

Maine Conservation Voters Ambitious Legislative Priorities

The Maine Conservation Voters, in partnership with the Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition, has a very ambitious list of issues, initiatives and legislative priorities. In a recent message, MCV’s Beth Ahearn wrote: “We are laser-focused on climate action and clean energy; and we will continue our efforts to protect clean water, improve public lands and fight […]